The Wide Island View is a webzine written for and by members of the JET Programme in Hiroshima, Japan. Created in November 2006, the Wide Island View began as a PDF newsletter emailed to members every two months. In June 2009, the publication moved online.
In addition to news and information about events for Hiroshima JETs, the Wide Island View publishes content of interest to JETs throughout Japan including articles about travel, Japanese culture, Japanese study, recipes and more. All JETs and JET alumni are encouraged to contribute, as well as other members of the English speaking community throughout Japan.
The website is currently managed by head editors Courtney DaRoza and Elizabeth Burrus. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtney DaRoza is one of two editor-in-chiefs of the Wide Island View. She’s a second year JET hailing from Western Canada and currently teaching junior high school in Mihara. In her spare time, she loves to travel and is often setting out to explore other parts of Japan and South Asia.
Elizabeth Burrus is also editor-in-chief of the Wide Island View. She’s a second year JET originally from Las Vegas, but now lives in Fukuyama teaching at the senior high school level. Her favourite colour is periwinkle.
Akilah Forde is a second year JET from the sunny island of Barbados. Now, she teaches at a high school in Fukuyama. As communication and public relations manager, she’s likely to be the one you’ll correspond with if you contact the WIV. Akilah is also a writer and often shares her thoughts and insights about life in the land of the rising sun.
Chelsea Swick is an editor for the Wide Island View. Originally from California, she is now a second year JET in Fukuyama where she teaches elementary and junior high school. But Japan isn’t her first conquest; she’s lived in three different countries and studied five languages!
Carlye Hodel is a true Californian girl now living it up in Hiroshima City. A part time editor for WIV, she is also in her third year on JET and teaches at an academic high school as well as two K-12s for students with disabilities.
Our monthly contributors are also part of the WIV team. Here’s the line-up so far:
Tom Legge is a second year JET from the UK, now teaching senior high school in Mihara. Follow Tom’s hilarious stories about Ryo Takeshita as he experiences the trials and tribulations of the BET Programme (British Exchange Teaching Programme). Ryo is sent to London as part of the BET Programme where he soon realises that life as a BET isn’t all fun and games.
If you want to become a contributor, either on a one-off basis or monthly, please contact us on the email address above.
The Wide Island View is run entirely by volunteers, and though it is free online to readers, there is a cost to run the website. Web hosting fees are paid through advertising revenue and donations. If you enjoy reading the Wide Island View, we urge you to show the love through a small donation–every yen helps. Thanks and happy reading!